The metropolitan area entered the epidemic phase on Thursday, and new restrictions and recommendations are due to be heard on Friday.
The metropolitan area entered the coronavirus epidemic on Thursday, the metropolitan corona coordination group said. The mayor of Helsinki told about this on his Twitter accounts Jan Vapaavuori (Kok), Mayor of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä (Kok) and the Mayor of Vantaa Ritva Viljanen (sd).
The coordination group is due to report on the new restrictions, recommendations and other actions on Friday at 11 am.
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But what could those actions be like?
From Vaasa became the center of the epidemic as large-scale chains of infection set off from student parties.
In week 41, the epidemic situation in the Vaasa area was found to be in the spread phase. The hospital district was the first in Finland to move to a more serious spread phase than the acceleration phase. The transition from one stage to another was very fast, described the director of the Vaasa Hospital District Marina Kinnunen in November.
Already in force In addition to the existing mask recommendations, safety intervals, and hand hygiene guidelines, stricter recommendations and restrictions were issued.
At week 41, a strong face mask recommendation was issued for the entire hospital district and health care practices were suspended. In addition, the Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group instructed workplaces to stagger breaks and recommended that they take autumn holidays in their home environment.
In week 42, the ban on organizing public events for more than ten people in the Vaasa Hospital District took effect in Vaasa. The coordination group recommended the same restriction for private meetings.
At the same time, it was recommended to avoid team sports, and most of Vaasa’s sports facilities were closed until the end of the month. The October performances of the City Theater and Orchestra were also canceled, and visits to the wards of the city hospital, with the exception of convalescent care, were banned.
Trammels also silenced the streets and cafes of the city center and the market square.
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There was a shift from distance learning to distance learning in educational institutions. The coordination group strongly recommended the use of face masks from secondary schools onwards.
Pupils from Vaasa Primary School moved up from the fourth grade to distance learning. After the autumn holidays, the return to school took place in stages.
Colleges had largely been in distance learning throughout the fall semester, but in October, all remaining contact teaching was canceled and campuses closed.
As a result of the restrictions, the infection rates decreased significantly.
At the moment The Vaasa hospital district is in the process of accelerating the epidemic.
On November 3, restrictions were eased in parts of the region.
The Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Working Group has recommended that private events for more than 20 people should not be organized. The recommendation applies to most municipalities in the hospital district. A stricter recommendation, for a maximum of 10 participants, is in force in Luoto, Pedersöre, Pietarsaari, Närpiö and Uusikaarlepyy, as the number of infections in these municipalities has been high.
The Regional State Administrative Agency of Western and Inner Finland prohibits indoor and outdoor public events and general meetings with more than 20 people in the Vaasa Hospital District. Events can be arranged if security can be ensured.
There is also a face mask recommendation in the hospital district for 7th graders and older.
“I have to say that our people have really used them obediently. Still, if you go shopping, most people have a mask, ”says Kinnunen.